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After you have selected the paint and arranged the
furniture, your living room is not complete. To make this important space one
that invites conversation and reflects your personality, you need to add
something that sparks questions and that flows into discussion. One great way
to achieve this is by displaying a collection of trinkets that provides a peek
at your interests. Here are five things to consider when starting a collection
for display.


Having a unified theme provides focus for your collecting
and adds impact when displayed. A theme can be broad, such as vintage Halloween
décor, or narrow, such as a series of collectible figurines from a particular
maker or origin.
Shopping and looking for vintage or antique items can be a
hunt and may require time at flea markets. In contrast, new collectible items
may require that you stay informed of limited releases. You may have more
opportunity to bargain for price with vintage trinkets than you will with new


You may want to take an unexpected approach to building a
collection of trinkets and focus only on color. This kind of collection can be
a lot of fun to display because everything is united by the color but also has
variety of scale and shape.
In Use or Display Only


Consider if you want to build and display a collection that
you also put to everyday use. You may choose to collect something that is
wearable or used in some other way.
Things like lapel pins or brooches may fit into this category. Christmas
decorations are fun to display when it gets cold outside. In particular, unique
or rare items like snow flake ornaments or wax candles can also be considered.
Harmony or Discord
Your collection does not need to match the décor of your
home. You may choose to collect trinkets that contrast from your decorative
style or which represent an unexpected area of interest you have.  Contrasting ideas will create interesting
conversations for family and friends.
Decorating your Walls with Your Collection
You can display even the smallest collection as long as the
display is interesting. Individual shelves framed by painted squares have more of
an impact than a collection on a table top. Because trinkets are often small,
arrange multiple shelves (or hooks for hanging items) into a large square or
other shape of your choice to occupy more wall space. This will mimic the
presence of a single large wall piece and have much greater visual interest.


Displaying a collection of trinkets is an act in connecting
with others. A collection displayed makes a statement about you and invites
people to know you better. It invites questions and conversations while making
a space truly yours.  This changes a place
to live into a home.